Société des concerts du Conservatoire Orchestre

The Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire was a symphony orchestra established in Paris in 1828. It gave its first concert on 9 March 1828 with music by Beethoven, Rossini, Meifreid, Rode and Cherubini.

Administered by the philharmonic association of the Paris Conservatoire, the orchestra consisted of professors of the Conservatoire and their pupils. It was formed by François-Antoine Habeneck in pioneering fashion, aiming to present Beethoven's symphonies, but over time it became more conservative in its programming.

Its long existence kept the tradition of playing taught at the Conservatoire prominent in French musical life. The orchestra occupied the center-stage of French musical life throughout the 19th and most of the 20th centuries. A major tour of the USA took place in 1918, appearing in 52 cities. Later that year it made the first of its many recordings.

In 1967, financial difficulties, along with irregular work for the players and poor pay led to a decision by the French government to form a new orchestra. Following auditions chaired by Charles Munch, 108 musicians were chosen (of whom 50 were from the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra) for the newly created Orchestre de Paris, which gave its first concert on 14 November 1967 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

The chief conductors of the orchestra were:

  • François-Antoine Habeneck 1828–1848
  • Narcisse Girard 1848–1860
  • Théophile Tilmant 1860–1863
  • François George-Hainl 1863–1872
  • Édouard Deldevez 1872–1885
  • Jules Garcin 1885–1892
  • Paul Taffanel 1892–1901
  • Georges Marty 1901–1908
  • André Messager 1908–1919
  • Philippe Gaubert 1919–1938
  • Charles Münch 1938–1946
  • André Cluytens 1946–1960

No principal conductor was appointed during the orchestra's final years 1960–1967.

Notable premieres given by the orchestra include Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, Saint-Saëns's Cello Concerto No. 1, and Franck's Symphony in D minor.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1828, Died 1967

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1922

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 49527 12-in. 10/17/1918 L'Arlesienne André Messager ; Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49528 12-in. 10/17/1918 Marche bohemienne André Messager ; Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49529 12-in. 10/18/1918 Impressions of Italy : Serenade André Messager ; Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49530 12-in. 10/18/1918 Le rouet d'Omphale André Messager ; Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49532 12-in. 10/19/1918 Capriccio espagnol André Messager ; Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49533 12-in. 10/19/1918 Adagietto Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49534 12-in. 10/21/1918 The deluge : Prelude André Messager ; Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra, with violin solo Musical group  
Columbia 49535 12-in. 10/21/1918 Gypsy dance Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49536 12-in. 10/23/1918 Cortege de Bacchus French Symphony Orchestra ; André Messager Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49537 12-in. 10/22/1918 Danse bacchanale French Symphony Orchestra ; André Messager Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49538 12-in. 10/22/1918 Carillon André Messager ; Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49539 12-in. 10/24/1918 Valse André Messager ; Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49540 12-in. 10/23/1918 Impressions of Italy : A mules André Messager ; Paris Conservatory Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Musical group  
Columbia 49541 12-in. 10/24/1918 Les chasseresses French Symphony Orchestra ; André Messager Orchestra Musical group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Société des concerts du Conservatoire Orchestre," accessed December 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103968.

Société des concerts du Conservatoire Orchestre. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103968.

"Société des concerts du Conservatoire Orchestre." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 December 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103968

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